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Heartbroken families pay tribute as crashes claim lives of four people on Cambridgeshire’s roads this month

Families have paid tribute to three people who died in separate crashes on Cambridgeshire’s roads this month, while a man who died in a fourth fatal collision has yet to be formally identified.

Dennis Dear, 68, of Cooks Drove, Earith, was pronounced dead at the scene following a collision on the A1123 at 3.45pm on June 15 near Bluntisham. The crash involved a white Ford Ranger and a grey Citroen DS3.

Dennis Dear, 68, of Cooks Drove, Earith, died after a crash on June 15, 2021, near Bluntisham (48510501)
Dennis Dear, 68, of Cooks Drove, Earith, died after a crash on June 15, 2021, near Bluntisham (48510501)

In a tribute, Dennis’ family said: “Dennis leaves behind two sons and four grandchildren who he loved dearly.”

The Citroen driver, a man in his 20s from Downham Market, remained at the scene and was not injured.

Tributes have also been paid to Lucan Vaughan, 42, of Russell Avenue, March, who died following a collision at about 6am on Friday June 18.

The collision happened on Elm Road in March between a grey Audi A4 driven by Lucan, a grey Mercedes C220 and a Blue Ford Galaxy, which was parked with no-one inside.

Lucan’s wife said: “I had the honour of being married to Lucan for the past nine and a half years and we had been together for 17.

“I am absolutely heartbroken to think that I have lost my soulmate and best friend in such a cruel and unfair way.

“Lucan was the kindest person you could ever be lucky enough to meet.”

The driver of the Mercedes, a man in his 20s from March, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He remains at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge where he is being treated for serious injuries.

A passenger from the Mercedes suffered slight injuries and was also taken to hospital.

Lucan’s family are being supported by specialist officers.

The family of Gabija Jokubauskaite, 23, of Norwich Road, Wisbech, who died following a collision on the A605 just after 6.15am on June 3, have also spoken of their loss.

The incident, involving Gabija’s black Vauxhall Astra and a white Ford Transit van, happened at just after 6.15am on 3 June between Coates and March.

Emergency services attended but Gabija died at the scene.

Her family said: “Much loved by everyone who had the privilege to know her. Gabija we share all of your joy and sad times.

“We will all keep her in our thoughts as she is greatly missed and leaves a big hole in our family.”

The van driver, a 54-year-old man from Spalding in Lincolnshire, suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

There were no passengers in either vehicle.

A fourth fatal crash on Cambridgeshire’s roads this month occurred on the A11 at Six Mile Bottom on Tuesday (June 22).

The accident happened just before 4.30pm, when the Land Rover Discovery left the southbound carriageway.

As reported, a man in his 50s from Essex who has not yet been formally identified, died at the scene after his Land Rover Discovery left the southbound carriageway just before 4.30pm.

Police have appealed for witnesses, dashcam footage or anyone who saw any of these crashes to contact them via their web chat service, online form or by dialling 101, quoting the following incident numbers:

  • A11 crash - quote incident 323 of 22 June.
  • Elm Road, March, crash - quote incident 72 of 18 June.
  • A1123 crash - quote incident 334 of 15 June
  • A605 crash - quote incident 76 of 3 June.

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